Medal achievement 'overshadowed' by Rio ticket controversy
THE mother of Sunshine Coast archery bronze medallist Ryan Tyack says the accreditation controversy surrounding nine Australian athletes in Rio has overshadowed her son's ground-breaking bronze medal win just two weeks ago.
Lynette Rankin-Tyack was initially seething that her 25-year-old son, who shoots out of Sunshine Coast Archery Club had been caught up in the mess.
On the first day of competition, Tyack teamed up with Alec Potts and Taylor Worth to win Australia's first medal of the Rio games and its first ever team archery medal.
Her comments come after the Australian Olympic Committee apologised to the athletes who were detained by Rio police after it was revealed stickers had been used to falsify athlete accreditation passes which gains them access to various sporting events at the Games.
Tyack and Potts were both detained by Rio police for 10 hours.
The AOC said it had launched its own investigation to determine why the athletes' passes were "tampered with and changed" to enable them access to a basketball match between Australia and Serbia.
Rankin-Tyack said it was disappointing to see images of her son leaving a Brazilian police station while she was here on the Sunshine Coast waiting to hear from AOC officials.
"It's unfortunate when he's actually achieved something historical, got a medal the country has never got before, and then to have it overshadowed by a situation that was kept somewhat under wraps," she said.
The athletes would appear in court at 2.30am, where deputy Chef de Mission Fiona De Jong apologised to the court and accepted fines of 90,000 Real ($4092 AUD per-athlete).
Rankin-Tyack said Ryan had been able to rest after the incident, in which the athletes were detained by police from 7.30pm on Friday night (Rio time) until 5.30am on Saturday.
"He's okay," she said.
"They're obviously still all tired and they've certainly had meetings with the AOC and with psychologists.
"I think now the athletes are just looking forward to this being resolved."
The Sunshine Coast Daily put questions to the AOC on Saturday night, before Chef de Mission Kitty Chiller addressed the media in Rio at approximately 11pm (AEST).
"The athletes were held at a police station for many hours and I apologise for the trauma they went through, the problem with the accreditation was not their fault" Chiller said.
"For legal reasons I am not in a position to elaborate except to say it is important to know that the Australian athletes were definitely not at fault. I am very disappointed our athletes had to go through what then went through last night".